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What is the difference between datetime and timestamp in MySQL?

Damian99Damian99 USAPosts: 116Member
edited January 30 in MySQL

Can someone please let me know what is the difference between datetime and timestamp in MySQL and how to use it properly?

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  • DavidMDavidM USAPosts: 342Member
    edited February 5

    in MySQL documentation it says,

    The DATETIME type is used when you need values that contain both date and time information. MySQL retrieves and displays DATETIME values in 'YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS' format. The supported range is '1000-01-01 00:00:00' to '9999-12-31 23:59:59'.

    ...

    The TIMESTAMP data type has a range of '1970-01-01 00:00:01' UTC to '2038-01-09 03:14:07' UTC. It has varying properties, depending on the MySQL version and the SQL mode the server is running in.

    There is a chance that you will go lower than the lower limit of the TIMESTAMP . Ex: for a record storing date of birth.

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